Dear Saba: Stop Stressing

Dear Saba: Stop Stressing

Dear “Stressed Out” Saba, Today is the one-year anniversary of my grandfather’s death. I had my first history test of the year, so naturally, my focus was directed toward this perceived “life-or-death” matter, and the sudden sadness and guilt hit me in a two-punch succession to my gut. Sadness because I nearly forgot, and guilt […]

Dear future Head of Upper School Laura Ross,

Dear future Head of Upper School Laura Ross,

Welcome to Harvard-Westlake; we’re glad to have you here. For students here, the beginning of a new school year is characterized by syllabi outlining teachers’ expectations and rules for the class. Though intimidating, these documents are often helpful in understanding what our teachers may want from us in an assignment. In this spirit, we wanted […]

What we learned during March of the Living

If you didn’t notice, during the two weeks after spring break, 24 seniors were absent from school. We were part of that group, the group that embarked on the two-week journey to Poland and Israel called March of the Living. We Harvard-Westlake kids were in the minority of the Los Angeles delegation, which had over […]

A goodbye from CFO Rob Levin

It’s been an honor serving as Harvard-Westlake’s CFO. I’m grateful that Harvard School took a chance on a twenty-five-year-old B-school grad with zero experience in 1985. In the decades since, events — from merger to earthquake to US construction to MS construction to financial earthquake to mission re-imagination — have afforded the opportunity to impact […]

What we learned during March of the Living

If you didn’t notice, during the two weeks after spring break, 24 seniors were absent from school. We were part of that group, the group that embarked on the two-week journey to Poland and Israel called March of the Living. We Harvard-Westlake kids were in the minority of the Los Angeles delegation, which had over […]

Making a lasting difference

It’s a new year and a new beginning; we have a new president and many new opportunities for change. Our transition to the heads of student government coincides with arguably the biggest administrative shift this school has undergone since its merger in 1992, and we feel privileged to be inaugurated at the same convocation as […]

Take ownership

Editors: Upper School Back-to-School Day was costly for me this year. I arrived about 8 a.m. and parked my car in my assigned faculty spot between Chalmers and Weiler. Nobody was parked on either side of me yet. When I left, shortly after noon, most people had left, and there was nobody parked on either […]

'Do Well and Do Good'

The character theme or motto we introduce each school year usually focuses our attention on a narrow range of behaviors or outcomes. Several years ago the focus was on thoughtful and ethical decision making — choosing the “hard right over the easy wrong.” Another year, the reminder was, “Just because you can doesn’t mean you […]

Help us make this year fun

As Master Oogway states, “Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift, that is why it is called the present.” Though  a humorous aside from Dreamworks’ “Kung Fu Panda”, this quote, we believe, holds true here in our everyday experiences at Harvard-Westlake. It is easy to reflect on past years, even […]